Last week, we took a surprise trip (25hrs of driving!) from MA to FL to visit Rosemary's mom. I worked from her condo there, and the family and mother in law all enjoyed the sights and sounds of the florida gulf. I fished a spot within sight of the condo a few nights... and realized that I'd traveled a little to lightly... Night 1, I caught a few speckled trout, a small (20" maybe) snook and then hooked 2 absolutely giant red fish. I dont remember the last time a fish took me to the backing, and these two got me well into the backing a few times... the catch was 1.) it was dark and 2.) I was fishing under a bridge on a concrete abutmant. I'd never caught a fish bigger than 3-4# here, and from what I could see in my headlamp, these fish were easily 30". They were BIG. the first broke off during a run as I tried to brake him, and the other as I tried to lift him the 3 feet from the water up.
The next day I got a lady fish which was fun, and then on the other end of the abutmant, I had a good take, and lost a fly... Hmm? I admit to not realizing blue fish were full time residents in Florida. I must have lost, 4-5 flies, but did manage to land about as many blues in the 4-5# range.
Attempting pic's standing on the edge of a concrete lip with 3-4 feet of water below was a little sketchier than I wanted to risk...
Pick below was from a neat lagoon near by, but no takes.
Back at home, and hit the little stream accross the street... Lots of hendricksons coming off... but only 1 tiny brookie came to hand (like 3" long)... great to be home though!